SCOTUS temporarily blocks Hard Rock Bet from launching in Florida

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After the DC Circuit Court of Appeals declined to stay its mandate in the Florida sports betting case, the Supreme Court has stepped in and ordered a temporary stay in the case.

West Flagler and Associates filed with the highest court earlier this month requesting the stay. On Thursday, the Supreme Court granted it on a temporary basis, giving the defendants in the case until Oct. 18 to file a response.

Here is the full order from Chief Justice John Roberts:

“Upon consideration of the application of counsel for the applicants, it is ordered that the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, case No. 21-5265 (consolidated with 22-5022), is hereby recalled and stayed pending further order of the undersigned or of the Court. It is further ordered that a response to the application be filed on or before Wednesday, October 18, 2023, by 5 pm, EDT.”

With that, the Seminole Nation’s Hard Rock Bet will remain sidelined for the time being as the NFL moves into its sixth regular-season week.

In the meantime, West Flagler’s challenge of the sports betting compact between Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state will include an amicus brief from the No Casinos group behind the ballot referendum Amendment 3 in Florida. Amendment 3 put the control with voters to determine any major changes to state gambling law.

No Casinos will have until Oct. 16 to file its amicus brief in the case.